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Attachment Parenting

According to neuroscientist Bruce Perry, MD, PhD up to 40% of American children fail to form secure attachments with their mother or primary caregiver.   Poor attachment is associated with a host of emotional and behavioral problems during childhood and later in life.  Children who are securely attached to a parent do better cognitively, socially, and-in due course-academically and economically.  Perry presents evidence that proper growth of the cognitive and emotional potentials of the developing brain requires stable emotional attachment with primary adult caregivers at the critical time.

The attachment process begins during the pregnancy and continues throughout childhood and adolescence.  There are three areas that need to be addressed in order for secure attachment to develop. 

Parent’s emotional health.  Research shows that parents who abuse substances, struggle with depression, are abused by their partner and/or have children in their teenage years are at high risk of abusing and/or neglecting their children.  Research has also shown that children with special needs are also at higher risk of being abused and/or neglected by a parent.  You can not give to your child what you do not have so for your child’s sake as well as your own, take care of your own emotional health. 

Links

Love and Logic Parenting

Zero to Three

Bonding With Your Child

Consequences That Encourage Change

Tools for Raising Responsible Children

Child Development

ABC’s Fun and Parenting At Risk Kids



Foster and Adoptive Parenting

Approximately 542,000 children were in the foster care system in the United States as of September 30, 2001.   48 percent were in foster family homes (non-relative), 24 percent were in relative foster homes, 18 percent were in group homes or institutions, 4 percent were in pre-adoptive homes, and 6 percent were in other placement types.  28% of these children were age 5 or younger.

Of the 6,190 children in foster care in 2002, 2,082 were waiting to be adopted in Kansas.  Of the 471 children that were adopted, 46% were age 5 or younger and 31% were between ages 6 and 10.  Over 60% of these children were adopted by their foster family and 13% by a non-relative. 

Every child entering a new foster or adoptive home is a hurting child with some level of attachment problems.  They have been removed from family, friends, their school and community.  Almost everything they have or know has been left behind.  Many have experienced domestic violence, maltreatment, alcohol and/or drug abuse, neglect and dysfunctional family systems.  They may have inadequate relationship and coping skills, developmental delays, a mental health disorder and poor cognitive development. 

Links

Grief and Loss in Adoptive Children

Adopting A Toddler-Aged Child

Kuddle Kids Korner

Attachment and Bonding Activities

Moms of Avoidant Infants and Toddlers

Foster Care and Adoption Community




Adoption Resources

Adoption Policy Resource Center

Adoption Subsidy

Resources to Help Defray Adoption Costs

Family Medical Leave Act



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